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Long Beach council to decide beach pass cost increase

Beachgoers at Long Beach, Sunday, July 12, 2015.

Beachgoers at Long Beach, Sunday, July 12, 2015. Credit: Steve Pfost

The Long Beach City Council holds a special meeting Monday to vote on raising summer beach pass fees.

Councilmembers are to meet at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall to vote on proposed increases of as much as $3 per day for nonresidents. The increases are needed to cover a nearly million-dollar annual operating loss for the beach, officials have said.

Beach passes were to go on sale this past Saturday for the summer season that begins Memorial Day weekend. Once the price is set at the special meeting, passes will be printed, but a new pass sale start date has not been set.

Some of the proposed increases were scaled back from the initial proposals after residents and some council members raised concerns that the change would prevent families from going to the beach. Council members were to have voted on the original increases last Tuesday, but postponed the decision after the concerns were raised.

Daily single admission for residents 13 and older would remain unchanged at $12. Nonresident admission would raise to $15 from $12. The original proposal would have increased nonresident passes to $16. Passes for children 12 and under remain free.

The new fee schedule would charge resident families $70 for an annual family pass that covers two adults and two children, up from $60. Nonresident family passes would sell for $140.

Adult season passes, for those between the ages of 18 and 61, would sell for $50 for residents, up from $40. Season passes for nonresident adults would be $100 instead of the current $80. Children’s season passes, for ages 13-17, would cost $25 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.

Resident senior passes for those 62 and older would sell for $15 while senior nonresidents would pay $30.

Disabled and veteran passes would remain unchanged at $15. Officials originally proposed increasing the cost of those passes to $20.

Economy beach passes that are valid for 10 visits would sell for $100 to residents and $120 to visitors.

The meeting is to be held on the sixth floor of Long Beach City Hall at 1 W. Chester St.

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